Newsletter - Q4 2019


2019 marks our 10-year Anniversary! 

We are celebrating with 10 Events in 10 Chapters #10IN10 

LIFE’s 10-year Anniversary celebrations continued over the summer in Lebanon on the 5th and 6th August, with a dinner held at the Mir Amin Palace followed by a memorable day out in the Chouf, hosted by Omar Slim, where we planted a commemorative LIFE cedar in the Barouk reserve. #LIFEpics


On 1st October, Paris celebrated with a private viewing of the photography exhibition honouring Lebanon at the Institut du Monde Arabe, entitled “Liban, entre réalité et fiction”. Guests then enjoyed drinks and dinner with panoramic views from the IMA’s rooftop in the presence of HE Rami Adwan, Lebanese Ambassador to France and LIFE Board Member Mouhammed Choukeir. We were also honoured to have guest speakers Philippe Jabre, LIFE Advisory Board Member and Michel Santi address the assembly as well as LIFE’s first ever scholar Reina Yammine#LIFEpics


Lebanon - 10th Anniversary Dinner



Lebanon - Planting the tree of LIFE



Paris - 10th Anniversary Celebration




LIFE Gala Dinner, 10th November 2009
Guildhall, London

10 years later ...we are returning to where it all began!
Join us for the 10-year Anniversary Gala Dinner on Saturday 16th November 2019, at the Guildhall. Click here to book


Check our special editions of Meet Our Members featuring some of our 10-year members #Memberfor10




LIFE will expand outside the financial ecosystem starting with the following three new verticals: Law, Tech and Consulting.

The Law vertical will be chaired by Rindala Beydoun, the Tech vertical by Alexandre Harkous and the Consulting vertical by Ahmed Youssef, who will form committees to work on the membership eligibility criteria and the strategy for expansion.

To that end and in line with our committee guidelines, we will be rotating members of the Connect Committee.

We welcome Rindala Beydoun, Alexandre Harkous and Ahmed Youssef who are joining the Connect Committee to lead the expansion.
We would like to thank Carlos Heneine, Jean-Marc Jabre, Toufic Sehnaoui and Walid Zein who have volunteered to step down from the committee but continue to be actively involved.

The new Connect Committee will be:


Don't miss our exhibition of Lebanese Art and Design, BEYOND at Phillips in Berkeley Square from 8th - 16th November.

For the first time, 80 lebanese artists and designers working across a variety of media, will be showcased as part of our vision to promote Lebanon abroad.

Join us with your family and friends for the opening cocktail on Friday 8th November, 6:30-8:30pm. Click here to book




Update on Scholarship intake

For the 2019/2020 academic year we now have a pool of 63 scholars, of which 35 new and 28 continuing. Bringing the total of scholars since inception to 244.

Out of the 35 new scholars:

  • 26% are studying in Lebanon vs. 74% abroad
  • 74/26 male to female ratio
  • 17% undergraduate vs. 83% postgraduate



On 30th September, we held our first Friend of LIFE in DC (FOLDC) and Senior LIFE DC Member meeting at the Middle East Institute in Washington DC, to discuss the current economic situation in Lebanon as well as new avenues for growth and employment such as digital economy, eco-tourism and creative industries.

The 6th Global Business Summit will take place Monday 23rd December at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beirut from 8am to 3pm. Details to follow.


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